Draft legislation before the Oregon State Senate would, if put into the statute books, make the act of attaching a camera to a flying machine illegal. The punishment is six months in jail or a year for flying such a drone.
The bills were proposed anonymously, but local paper The Oregonian identified Senator Floyd Prozanski as the chap trying to ban photo-snapping machines that can hover by windows.
unless permitted to do so by the federal government or by the
Oregon Department of Aviation under section 7 of this 2013 Act.
- (2) A person who possesses or controls a drone in violation of
subsection (1) of this section commits a Class B misdemeanor.
- (3) A person who possesses or controls a drone in violation of
subsection (1) of this section and uses the drone to capture an
image of a person or object on the ground or in the air commits a
Class A misdemeanor.
In this emergency webcast, the Roswell Flight Test Crew alerts the community about Oregon Senate Bill 71. The Crew claims this bill could damage Oregon’s economic recovery by reducing sales at hobby shops, forcing manufacturers that produce drone aircraft for the United States military to shut down, as well as undermining the state’s efforts to be selected as one of six drone test areas by the Federal Aviation Administration. It would also violate the constitutional rights of people who already own FPV systems, by making it a crime merely to possess such systems, without due process of law and in violation of their basic property rights.